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US: Fire breaks out at building near White House

D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services said at 8 am on Twitter that a defective cooling motor in the basement caused the fire.

Edited By: India TV News Desk Washington Published on: March 10, 2023 20:27 IST
An email to White House staff sent on Friday morning said
Image Source : AP An email to White House staff sent on Friday morning said “URGENT: EVACUATION” with the order to leave the building

A fire broke out at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House on Friday, as per the US Secret Service. Workers were evacuated by firefighters who responded immediately to the call, according to

D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services said at 8 am on Twitter that a defective cooling motor in the basement caused the fire. It said there were no injuries in the response to the fire. Built between 1871 and 1888, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building towers over the West Wing, where President Joe Biden works. It houses a wide array of White House workers.

An email to White House staff sent on Friday morning said “URGENT: EVACUATION” with the order to leave the building at the direction of security officers. By 8.35 am, the White House grounds were relatively calm after the morning disturbance.

A 2007 fire at the executive building damaged then Vice President Dick Cheney's ceremonial suite of offices and led to the evacuation of 1,000 federal workers, including a marine who suffered cuts after punching through a fifth-floor window to escape, according to a New York Times article. 

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